To young people starting to work, I have seen trends the past three weeks that are disturbing and want you to think about:
- Work/Job is where you are compensated for performing duties during scheduled hours. It is not where you try and get money for doing nothing.
- The scheduled hours you have are what you agreed to when you accepted the job. Calling in and informing your employer that you have an appointment in the afternoon so you don’t see a need to come in at 8:00 when you are scheduled to start working.
- Work is where you receive money for tending to your duties at your employer 100% during working hours. It is not where you take breaks every 20 minutes to make or receive a phone call.
- This last one is the most important! If you find other employment and give your employer two weeks notice, it is imperative that you complete those two weeks. Deciding one day to quit showing up at the job you are leaving before the two weeks is up can and will come back to bite you in the butt! Some day down the line, you will apply for a job that will check with your previous employers and you will have to pay the price for your immaturity because the new potential employer will not hire you. But wait! You know that it is illegal to give someone a bad reference so how could it come back to get you? Here is how: Your potential employer calls me and asks “What kind of worker was he?” To which I will reply “The law states that if you cannot say anything good about a previous employee, you cannot say anything at all. Is there anything else you want to know?” It is pretty blatant that you have just been served the just dessert you have earned and now have to find some other potential employer that you hope will not check with your previous employers.